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SILVER MEDAL WINNER

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ARTUR FERREIRA VIVEIROS

Golden Mile Casino Proposal London Metropolitan University

Tutors: Steve Hardy, Jonas Lundberg

This ambitious scheme to regenerate Blackpool's 'Golden Mile', inspired by the town's new strategy to adopt an Atlantic City gaming policy, impressed the judging panel for the way that sophisticated research drove the development of the built form.This student's comprehensive study of the townscape, casino use and public spaces informed almost every aspect of the proposed building form: fundamental questions including 'How do you spend 24 hours in Blackpool?'and 'Why are casinos dark?'underpinned this study.The result was a convincing solution that was carefully considered in terms of narrative, structure and public planning.'He's even managed to make a social machine out of childcare, ' commented one judge.The exploration of public versus private spaces was excellent, as was the tactic of using time/distance graphs to help generate the final form of the scheme.

'This project encapsulates everything. It's more than a casino - it's an urban condenser' David Adjaye

'This is a very interesting scheme'

Kazuyo Sejima

'There is a certain lack of pragmatic detail, but this is interesting architecture' Wiel Arets

'Some of these drawings get ever so complex, but I think there is logical thinking behind them' Ben van Berkel

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